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Domestic Violence Safety Plan (American Bar Association). This brochure, by the, is a resource for survivors of domestic violence and their advocates in the United States. The brochure outlines steps that survivors can take to improve their safety in their home, at work and other public spaces, in court and for their children; provides an overview of measures the court may take to protect survivors; and the contact information for a national domestic violence hotline. Available in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Model Protocol: Safety Planning for Domestic Violence Victims with Disabilities (Cathy Hoog for the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2010). This resource recommends shelter policies and procedures for working with women with disabilities and provides sample questions for safety planning purposes. It recommends policy and procedure for violence organisations attempting to cater for WWD. It provides a sample safety-planning questionnaire for service providers to use with survivors to capture their specific needs and consequently tailor services. Available in English.

Safety Planning (CAADA). This webpage provides steps and a checklist for conducting safety planning, based on the context in the United Kingdom. Available in English.

Safety Planning (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network). This webpage provides tips and links for women or who have been abused or sexually assaulted, with guidance tailored for women in rural communities, in urban areas, and on college campuses, based on the context in the United States. Available in English.

Creating a Safety Plan (Women Peel against Women Abuse).  This resource and checklist was developed based on the combined experiences of survivors. Available in English.

Violence Against Women: Safety Planning List (National Women's Health Information Center, 2008). This checklist is a resource for survivors of violence and advocates working with survivors. The checklist is based on the context in the United States and provides an overview of the documents, financial, medical and other logistics required to safely leave an abusive relationships. Available in English.

Safety Plan (North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence). This form is a template for domestic violence survivors and those working with them. The safety plan provides a sample framework for survivors to identify short and long-term steps to leave an abusive situation. Based on the context in the United States, the plan includes sections addressing physical safety, financial security, and the well-being of children of violence survivors, and may be modified as relevant for other settings. Available in English.

Safety Planning for Domestic Violence Victims with Disabilities (Cathy Hoog, Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2010) provides a model protocol for safety planning with women with disabilities who are victims of domestic violence. Available in English.

Safety Plans and Checklists (Arizona Coalition against Domestic Violence).  This site provides a number of safety planning materials, including for preschool age (3-5 years) and older children, when preparing to leave, when an abuser has moved out of the house and when at work.  Available in English.

Technology Safety Planning with Survivors (National Network to End Domestic Violence Safety Net Project, 2008). This handout, for advocates and women at risk of domestic violence, provides 12 simple but critical tips about phone, computer, email, instant messaging and other technology use. Available in: English; French, Mandarin; Korean; Russian; Somali; Spanish; and Vietnamese.

The Survivor’s Handbook (Women’s Aid UK, 2005). The handbook provides practical information for women experiencing domestic violence, with simple guidance on every aspect of seeking support. Available in English

Family Violence Outreach Counsellor Manual (Dozois, 2007). This resource provides a Sample Safety Planning Template (pages 46 – 51). 

Safety Planning Pocketcard (Centre for Research on Women with Disabilities at Baylor College of Medicine). Available in English.

Additional Safety Planning Tools (VAWNet). Available in English.

Create a Teen Safety Plan (Futures without Violence). Available in English.      

Safety Plan for Children.  Available in English.

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